How We Present
Founding President meets enthusiastic audience of embassy leaders, medical doctors, scientists, and professionals
by David Shapiro
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7 August 2016
On Sunday, August 7, the founding President of African PTSD Relief, David Shapiro, explained the next generation PTSD reduction technology and anti-terror reduction strategy to a group of 17 professionals in Bethesda, Maryland.
The audience included embassy leaders, medical doctors, scientists, and other professionals.
He began by explaining that 90 percent of Congolese war refugees with high levels of PTSD symptoms became non-symptomatic in 30 days with Transcendental Meditation (TM). Peer-reviewed results from this study were published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress. As Dr. Dave O'Connell explained in his Voice of America interview, July 1, 2015, no other approach for any psychological disorder comes close to this type of rapid response. TM can also be used in conjunction with current approaches in PTSD relief to enhance their effectiveness.
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) (August 4, 2015) has explained that with the top two prescribed psychotherapy approaches for US Veterans, only one in three veterans with PTSD become non-symptomatic, no matter how long the therapies are implemented.
For US Veterans with PTSD, according to VA psychiatrist Dr. Kelvin Lim, they may often have complex forms of PTSD, such as PTSD with Traumatic Brain injury. Regular practice of TM gave 50 percent of these veterans significant relief from traumatic stress within 30 days and another 10-15 percent found this relief from PTSD symptoms over the next few months. These findings in TM practitioners were nearly double the ''cure'' rate, without any risk of side-effects, such as from psychotropic medications.
This makes TM the next-generation PTSD relief program.
Given that symptoms of PTSD include anger and violence and that terrorism can be created by victims of war and violence—implementing the TM program in at-risk populations can be considered a powerful strategy to reduce the risk of terrorism.
Participants in the meeting were greatly inspired by the presentation and videos shown that included not only testimonials of TM practitioners who found relief from PTSD, but also the scientific research on TM and PTSD. A number of participants offered to volunteer and help in various ways to work on research in new areas such as economic benefits of PTSD reduction, they also offered to consider ways to partner with their Non-Governmental Organizations, (any non-profit, voluntary citizens' group which is organized on a local, national or international level) and to work on articles informing the public of this new strategy for rapid, side-effect-free PTSD relief and peaceful anti-terrorism.
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See related articles:
∙ PTSD in Africa: How to treat an epidemic of severe stress
∙ Use a treatment for PTSD that actually works: TM featured in The Hill, Washington, DC
Read an article with videos in UYD Media: ''Meditation Brings PTSD Relief for Trauma Victims in Africa - by David Shapiro''
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